Procedure: Attaching severed heads onto a murder victim’s body
Here’s one lesson to take away from this list: If you’re hoping to never have to perform a revolting surgery on anyone, keep your significant other away from steering wheels. The most overused set-up for dark surgery flicks is definitely the “wife/daughter gets badly injured in a car accident,” which is precisely the set-up of the super campy 1962 romp The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, also the benefactor of a wonderfully goofy title.
In this case, Dr. Cortner’s (Jason Evers) wife loses her head—literally—in an automobile wreck; not ready to say goodbye to his love, the doctor finds the severed head and revives it in his lab. The wife’s dome-piece is kept alive in a liquid-filled jar, where it stays while the medically certified hubby goes on seek-and-kill missions to find a new female body to attach the head onto.
That’s not the movie’s crazy surgery, though, since Cortner never gets the opportunity to see his plan through. As we find out during the film’s third act, the doc has performed other bodily transplant surgeries in the past, one of which resulted in a gigantic creature with a deformed and previously decapitated human head that hides out in Cortner’s laboratory and ultimately kills the doctor on his wife-head’s orders. A second lesson to remember: Even with nothing more than a head to their name, women can still ruin a man’s dreams.